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In order for your organization to successfully transition toward sustainability, all parties need to be engaged in the process. The Green Team Spirit program creates the foundation for culture change within an organization. It encourages staff and stakeholders to work together in cross-functional collaboration where they might not have done so before. Working toward sustainability relates to people’s lives. It is a great equalizer where job title and function are secondary to a person’s willingness to work toward a common goal. As the program matures, the culture continues to shift and a new consciousness emerges, engaging staff, stakeholders and the wider community. Success and positive feedback are contagious. Acknowledgement by leadership of a “job well done” goes a long way toward ensuring a successful program.

INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE CORE CULTURE REQUIRES…

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1. LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT:

  • Incorporate sustainability into the core vision/mission of the organization
  • Willingness to listen openly and make choices toward a sustainable future
  • Value staff participation and devotion of time
  • Participate on the Green Team



2. A DEDICATED GREEN TEAM:

  • Representative of all organizational disciplines
  • Voluntary, open, transparent and welcoming
  • Willingness to devote time to learn, communicate, educate and motivate others
  • Responsible and accountable for actionable goals



3. ENGAGEMENT OF ALL STAFF:

  • Supportive and respectful of sustainability mission
  • Included in the assessment, ideas welcome
  • Encouraged to participate in green initiatives
  • Welcome to join the Green Team anytime

“Our initial findings suggest that people want to work for a company visibly committed to making the world a better place–and for many, the environment is a high-priority societal concern. Involvement in a grass-roots green team helps demonstrate this commitment, and in the process, reinforces the employee/company relationship.”Corporate Green Teams: A New Social Trend at Work? Alta Terra Research Network

“What emerged overwhelmingly in this project was that the teams and companies that are driving successful and sustainable transformation are those with strong Executive Support, a centralized leader that is the conduit for communicating corporate goals to the Green Teams and taking the Green Team’s idea back into the corporation, high diversity amongst team members, and systems for creating, measuring and tracking initiatives.” SABRE HOLDINGS GROUP, GREEN TEAM RESEARCH STUDY, July 2010

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead